UN listing gives lifeline to Syria’s last shadow puppeteer

Syria’s last shadow puppeteer crouches on stage, holding two intricate figures against a brightly lit silk screen and voicing their animated chatter to a group of children. Syrians last week received news that their war-battered country’s shadow theatre has secured a coveted place on the UN’s list of world treasures.

Rain worsens conditions of displaced Syrians in the north

In a makeshift camp in Sarmada in northern Syria, heavy rains have worsen the living conditions of refugees with children wading in the mud, sometimes preventing them from reaching the tents that are used as classrooms and when they attend school, they sit on the ground despite the cold and humidity.

‘Don’t let Syrians down’: Red Cross official on despair and destruction in Ghouta

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From Beirut to Babila, Syrian refugee family returns home

Rawad Kurdi is among several thousand Syrians making an emotional journey home from Lebanon, where they sought safety from the war that has ravaged their native country since 2011. Worn down by tough economic conditions in Lebanon and seeing regime victories back home as bringing stability, they have taken advantage of return trips coordinated by Lebanese and Syrian authorities.

Syrians search for IS captives a year after caliphate crumbles

When the Islamic State group lost its Syrian bastion Raqa last year, family members of missing people hoped to finally uncover what happened to their relatives, who vanished years ago in the jihadists’ prisons. But with many IS jails destroyed in fighting and no centralised body investigating the issue, Syrians have spent a year desperately searching with no answers.

Syrian president Assad offers amnesty to draft dodgers & army deserters

Syria’s President, Bashar Assad, has offered amnesty to military deserters and those who have fled the country to avoid the draft. The hope is to encourage Syrians to return home, on the understanding that they won’t be punished for avoiding serving in the army. Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has welcomed the move. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9g2s

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Syrians react to Russia-Turkey Idlib plan

Syrians chant slogans and wave opposition flags during a demonstration in Binnish, in the northern Idlib province, as they react to the announcement that there will be no assault on the area as the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarised zone around the Syrian rebel-held province.

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. More than 6,550 voting centres opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) across government-held parts of the country with more than 40,000 candidates competing for 18,478 seats on local administrative councils, state media reported.

Air raid warning tech gives Syrians life-saving minutes

Syrians subscribe to a warning system that alerts them on their phones of the incoming threat of air strikes in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, giving residents more time to take cover. The Sentry programme, launched two years ago by two Americans and a Syrian coder, uses human observers and a network of sensors to compute a predicted impact location when Syrian or allied Russian warplanes take off.

UN fears 800,000 could be displaced in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

Displaced Syrians take refuge at a camp as they wait for an expected government assault on Syria’s last rebel-held province, Idlib, and surrounding areas that could displace as many as 800,000 people already in a dire humanitarian situation, a representative of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA) warned in Damascus during an interview with AFP.

Return of the displaced: Syrian refugees seek to return home as war ends

Thousands of displaced Syrians are returning home as government forces drive out the last pockets of militant resistance. The country’s media report a special refugee committee is being set up to co-ordinate the process of resettlement, and help millions of citizens rebuild their lives. But some news outlets see the situation a bit differently, as RT’s Igor Zhdanov explains.

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Exiled Syrians put on dance performance at Paris art festival

Posters denouncing the government of Bashar al-Assad, paintings on Syrian jails and choreography to evoke the trauma … These artists in exile have Syria in their skin and they tell through their work, by commitment or because they do not know any other way to express their stories. Their work was presented at the third edition of the festival “Syrien n’est fait” in Paris, at Les Grand Voisins (14th), organized by the NGO ASML / Syria.

‘Terrorists slaughtered locals like sheep’: More than 200 Syrians dead in ISIL suicide bombings

Officials in the Syrian province of Sweida say that more than 200 people have been killed in ISIL suicide blasts. It’s said to be the worst violence to hit the area since the country’s war began

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Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world’s best footballers play on the side of a tent. For these soccer enthusiasts uprooted by Syria’s seven-year war, World Cup games such as these offer brief respite from their woes and the daily grind at the camp.

After military wins, Syrians root for ally Russia in World Cup

Syrians sell country flags of competing countries ahead of the start of the World Cup at a market in Damascus while others sell satellite connections to watch the games. The flags of usual favourites Argentina, Germany, and Brazil are still displayed prominently, but years of steadfast Russian support to Syria’s war-weary government has earned it newfound football fandom.